does complex music necessarily have to sound complicated? jasmin are back with four more songs to find out about. like on cecil taylor's 'unit structures' it is not about naming every note or every odd meter. it is more about the beauty that lies beyond. taylor mixes modern classical music, bebop and free jazz. jasmin add portions of rock and pop. the three chaps from munich present their second EP on 12rec in another exclusive collaboration with rotesonne records.
lernen von maedchen starts with some programmed beats and a filtered vibraphone. clean guitar- and bass-tones are added and sketch the typical harmony-patterns your know jasmin for. everything remains fragile until the drums come in. a repetitive guitar formulates the songs main motive, volume increases, and distortion and feedback gather like storm clouds at the horizon until the song erupts in a monsoon-like shower. heute im stadion is jasmin's version of contemporary hardrock. the title refers to 'stadium' and can be read as an ironical statement concerning huge rockband-riffing. read this one within the (soccer-) context of holger fach from the first EP! rote sonne spins forth the thread of high-energy riffing. but jasmin take it very slow this time, the song has a nearly sluggish feel. as if they had recorded it in scorching heat. does koeln (cologne) ultimately really last for eight minutes? the EP closes with a bewitching popsong that makes time fly by. jasmin throw out their net of entwined jazzy harmonies and pull it back with rich prey. 12rec loves you, guys.
bettina rhymes found some warm words about the video for koeln on the 12rec. release page.
January 31, 2006 Subject:
four stars for the track KÃÂ¶ln. I got hipped to it by the Entactogen "a story about love" mix. Beautiful long guitar piece.
January 7, 2006 Subject:
Reviewer:jm / i.standard
December 30, 2005 Subject:
Ganz grosses Kino
This ep is definitly worth the download: 25 minutes of noise and silence, tension and calm. And what's even more striking is that Jasmin manage sounding subtle as some Chicago acts, without getting boring after the first three minutes as some Chicago acts.
Though I haven't seen the video by now, this ep raises pictures in my mind. Cinematic might be an overused word by now, but this is really like a movie. And a good one.